Winter Palace, St. Petersburg

Winter Palace, St. Petersburg (must see)

Located between the Palace Embankment and Palace Square is the Winter Palace, the former official residence of the Russian Royal Family, from the 1700s to 1917. The Elizabethan Baroque building is most famously associated with Catherine the Great who acquired the impressive art collection the palace holds. The current structure is the fourth version of the palace as all the previous ones were extensively remolded.

The design of the palace is exquisite. Golden emblems adorn the exterior and the gates, while white and gold accents accent the interior. Luxury is in abundance with marble accents, gorgeous sculptures, and painted ceilings. Some of the must-sees are Nicholas Hall, an 11,870-foot room that was the setting for many balls and receptions, carriages that are decorated with gilded wooden carvings, the State Gala staircase with its red velvet carpet, and the medical instruments of Peter I.

From February to October 1917, the palace briefly became the seat of Russian government. After the Bolshevik government moved the capital of Russia from St. Petersburg to Moscow, the palace became a part of the Hermitage Museum.

Over 2.5 million visitors attend the palace each year. There are 350 rooms with over three million exhibits available for viewing. Among them are the works of Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Rembrandt, Rubens, Van Dyck, Goya, El Greco, Monet, Renoir, Matisse, Picasso, Van Gogh, and many others. You must purchase a ticket to film video or take photographs. The palace is particularly breathtaking when viewed against the backdrop of the winter snow.

Why You Should Visit:
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Tip:
Make sure to arrive by opening time at 10:30 so you can get ahead of the crowds.
Best to go with a tour guide to get the most out of your visit – the audioguide is vital if you are on your own.

Opening Hours:
Tue, Thu-Sun: 10:30am-6pm; Wed: 10:30am-9pm
Sight description based on wikipedia

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Sight Name: Winter Palace
Sight Location: St. Petersburg, Russia
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
Guide(s) containing this sight: Palace Embankment Walking Tour  

Walking Tours in St. Petersburg, Russia

Create Your Own Walk in St. Petersburg

Create Your Own Walk in St. Petersburg

Creating your own self-guided walk in St. Petersburg is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Parks and Sights of Saint-Petersburg

Parks and Sights of Saint-Petersburg

Saint Petersburg is one of the greenest cities in Russia. It has many parks and gardens, among which the Summer Garden is the oldest. The guide invites you to a tour around the southern bank of the Neva River to stroll across the Summer Garden, the Mikhailovsky Park, and the Field of Mars, and to explore the attractions within.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 Km or 1.7 Miles
The Neva River and Griboedov Canal Walking Tour

The Neva River and Griboedov Canal Walking Tour

The city of Saint Petersburg abounds in attractions and one day is definitely not enough to see them all. This guide invites you for a walk from the city's largest St. Isaac's Cathedral down to other major attractions found between the Neva River and the Griboedov Canal, ending at the beautiful Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas. This tour is an opportunity to learn more about St....  view more

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.5 Km or 2.2 Miles
Palace Embankment Walking Tour

Palace Embankment Walking Tour

Stretching along the River Neva in the very heart of St Petersburg is the Palace Embankment. A long standing tourist attraction, other than fresh air and a pleasant view of the river, the Embankment offers a terrific sight of the Peter and Paul Fortress and the Vasilievsky Island. The Embankment also holds marvelous landmarks such as the Winter Palace, the Hermitage Theatre, the Marble Palace and...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.7 Km or 1.1 Miles
Russian Literary Heritage Walking Tour in Saint Petersburg

Russian Literary Heritage Walking Tour in Saint Petersburg

Many world-famous Russian writers and poets lived in Saint Petersburg. All of them described this beautiful city in their works. We offer you an unforgettable walking tour around the museums devoted to some of the most outstanding figures in Russian Literature. Do not miss the opportunity to see places of Saint Petersburg where Pushkin, Blok, Dostoevsky and others lived and created their...  view more

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.4 Km or 4 Miles
Religious Tour in St Petersburg

Religious Tour in St Petersburg

When visiting St Petersburg you will be astonished by the number and variety of churches. There are world famous, architecturally refined, historical cathedrals as well as small but beautiful and originally designed churches. Of particular grandeur are Russian Orthodox churches. Take this tour to see some of the most famous religious jewels of Saint Petersburg.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 7.9 Km or 4.9 Miles
Nevsky Prospekt Walking Tour

Nevsky Prospekt Walking Tour

Nevsky Prospekt (Nevsky Avenue) is the main artery of Saint-Petersburg, named after Alexander Nevsky, a prominent warlord and legendary figure in Russian history. The Avenue hosts a plethora of historic and cultural attractions, as well as shopping and entertainment venues. Follow this guide to the Nevsky most popular sights.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.4 Km or 2.1 Miles

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